Day 2666: Be careful what you wish for

My careful husband Michael, who is all that I could wish for, likes to say, “Be careful what you wish for.”

If you wish for a careful definition of that statement, here‘s one:

(be) careful what you wish for — idiom
Definition of (be) careful what you wish for
—used to tell people to think before they say that they want something and to suggest that they may not actually want it
You think having twins would be fun? Be careful what you wish for, you may just get it.

Over the past few months, I’ve often wished for

  • more time at home,
  • the chance to relax, and
  • major changes in the current political situation.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, I’m getting what I wished for.  I guess I should have been careful.

I want to be careful in explaining what I’m currently wishing for, because it might sound bad. I’m wishing that if I had been tested for COVID-19 (which my doctors unsuccessfully wished for and asked for) when I was briefly hospitalized with fevers earlier this week, I would have tested positive.

Why am I wishing for THAT?  Because

  • I’ve been self-quarantining,  so I know I’ve done my best to reduce the spread,
  • I’d be immensely relieved to know that I survived the pandemic unscathed despite being in the major risk categories (age and underlying health issues), and
  •  I would now be immune to the disease, according to my careful cardiologist, Dr. Deeb Salem.

Whether or not Dr. Salem wishes to be quoted in this blog,  he often is.  Here is an excerpt of his email to me this week after my release from the hospital:

It is criminal that we have not been able to test. It is really good to hear that you are better since anyone that has the illness and recovers should now be immune.

It looks like Dr. Salem also wishes that I would have tested positive for the illness, if testing had been available.

Be careful what photos you wish for, because you might get these:

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Be careful what you wish for if you wish to eat pasta every day, because that’s what we’ve got!

For those of us who wished to see more of Mayor Pete Buttigieg this year, we got this …

…  this …

… and this:

It looks like Pete, a huge Star Trek fan, got what he wished for his first time guest hosting an American late night TV show.

Here‘s part of the classic be-careful-what-you-wish-for Twilight Zone episode, “Time Enough at Last”:

What I wish for now includes (1) comments and (2) the opportunity to express my gratitude for all who help me create these daily blog posts, including YOU!

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32 thoughts on “Day 2666: Be careful what you wish for

  1. It is very frustrating to have no access to testing. It’s outrageous and selfish and insane that trump refused the WHO’s test kits. That he wants private companies only.
    Your blog post is so important. I am sure your story is mirrored by many other people . I have already heard several stories that have similar features – high risk, possible exposure, No testing. On the other hand, I am so glad and grateful you are recovering well!!

  2. At least one wish I made this past week did come true: you’re feeling better and at home.
    Lately Larry Niven’s story “Cautionary Tales” has been on my mind. It’s been many years since I last read it but I remember it as a story of someone who knows the potential pitfalls of what he wishes for but still harbors the desire.

  3. Glad you are feeling better!

  4. I really wish you had been tested, Ann, so that you would know if you were immune. And everyone around you would know, too! Imagine how useful a team of immune people would be right now.

    One of my adult sons is sick in Washington State and of course there is no testing there. He hasn’t been able to come home, where there is testing, because he is afraid of exposing us. He is working on contract there 2 weeks a month and is also nervous that the border might close. My other son and his wife and baby have fled Washington State and are staying with us.

    Our cat is happy because of all the extra people who are working from home all day long, though. And the sun is shining.

    I hope you are feeling better moment by moment.

  5. I wish that this world crisis comes to an end as soon as possible and that the experts have over estimated the overall mortality rates. May you and your family remain safe Ann.

  6. puella33

    Good day, Ann, I agree with you’re doctor that it is a criminal act that these tests are not made available. It is a responsible decision, however of him an you taking the actions, as though it were. I wish you the best and I wish that this country will be less effected than the other countries. I hope I’m not being too idealistic in the latter.
    I love the picture of you embracing your baby. It’s a very touching and happy moment. I love how you humanise your blog, Ann. Enjoy your day.

  7. I don’t wish for much, just for my daughters and grandchildren to be happy and know they are loved

  8. Ann, I too wish you’d gotten the news about your illness. I’ve been nervous about covid19 being 68 and with Afib and recent c diff. My husband has been in memory care for months and visiting him exhausts me. His Alzheimer’s has progressed until he didn’t acknowledge me last time I was there. So the CDC recommendation to close nursing homes and assisted living places to visitors coincided with breaking my foot in a freak accident in my office the same day. All is as it is meant to be. I’ll work from home by video and phone, and it’ll help keep me from being exposed to as many others. May we all be peaceful, happy and light in body and spirit. Love, Sunny

    • Sunny, I always wish to hear from you although I wish things weren’t so challenging for you now. Much love and caring sent out to you with tons of virtual hugs!

      • Well, a friend laughed til she cried when she heard my foot went to sleep and I got up to answer the door and collapsed on my foot. I can’t tell you how great it was to laugh with her! I’m good, Ann. Hope you are too!

  9. Dreamer9177

    There’s nothing wrong with pasta every day provided it’s made by someone who loves you.

  10. Oh Ann, thinking of you, sending love. xx

  11. I doubt that wishing for a change in the current political situation could make it any worse.

  12. Not knowing is troubling, yes, Ann. I wish you had been tested, for sure.

  13. i am currently visiting my only sister in arizona. i wish for a safe return home for all of us and everyone else who may not be in their safe spot. i too, wish for easily accessible testing for all.

  14. I wished for a recession so our current poor excuse for a leader would nit be able to keep pointing to the economy as his ticket for reelection. I fid not think i eas wishing fir a pandemic or the loss of lives. Now i want to take back that foolish wish. Too late! Oy vey!! This is not good! Be careful what you wish for!

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